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A brief review of history

Longmont Citizens Getting Involved

Longmont Citizens Getting Involved

Dear Longmont,

Our history includes the following:

The European settlers’ business expansion westward almost annihilated the Native Americans and the buffalo. They totally disregarded all human decency to gratify their desire for profit.

The big agriculture business showed no regard for the environment as it attempted to overproduce crops in this area and created the dust bowl, losing precious topsoil to the winds, and almost destroying our agricultural land.

Both of these historical events resulted in widespread human suffering here in Colorado.

Now we have the big energy business preparing to harvest another huge profit, with no regard for the well being of our citizens.

We are not realizing any net benefit from the drilling activity but we are exposed to all of the risks.

We are not ignorant. We are not apathetic. We have courage and determination. We are voters. We are a majority.

We are American citizens defending our own territory.

We will not allow anyone to pollute our environment and  waste our water resources  no matter how formidable their economic resources and political influence are.

If the big fuel business wants to drill here, it will have to use a method that does not involve  hydraulic fracturing.

What is the alternative method to extract this fuel?

Until that question is answered and analyzed, we cannot issue a drilling permit.

There is no need to rush;  take all of the time you need to formulate an answer.

Public invited to be silent

Mayor and Council members:

Baum's loss has taught them nothing.

Longmont city council member Katie Witt

When I was interrupted tonight by Council Member Witt (who said I had disrespected and verbally attacked Council Member Santos), I did not get my full three minutes. I should have been compensated for that time so I could finish my speech. What I shared tonight was not an attack, but a fact — and as a citizen of Longmont, I’m allowed to question the behavior of my public servants. Being shut down like this sets a dangerous precedent. I hope that council will not continue to muzzle its constituents from speaking the facts. The fact is, Mr. Santos gave me back the TEDX DVD that I had given him. Not wanting to learn about the dangers of fracking chemicals makes me feel concerned whether or not he can make good decisions on my behalf and on behalf of all Longmont residents for whom he represents. Furthermore, I am also concerned that Council member Finley brought forth a motion to keep the initial PITBH to 30 minutes at the beginning of the meeting. This is further evidence that the priorities of certain Council members are skewed. Council members are public servants and are elected to serve the public as well as conducting City business.

Thank you,

Teresa Foster

I am submitting my speech here for the public record.

Dear Mayor and Council Members,

It has been 3 weeks since I had given you a copy of the DVD titled “What You Need to Know About Natural Gas Production”, narrated by scientist and environmental analyst, Dr. Theo Colborn.” Have you had a chance to watch it? Would you be concerned about the fact one member of the Council refused his copy of the DVD and handed it back to me after the December 20, 2011, Council meeting? How can he make informed decisions without first considering all sides of an issue? Does he have the health, well being, and safety of his constituents in mind? My guess is his constituents would want him to be extremely well versed on this topic.

I’d like to ask Council more questions:

  1. Considering the toxicity of the chemicals and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that result from drilling for natural gas (which includes drilling, fracking, processing, waste handling, and ongoing gas collection), how comfortable are you having these chemicals and VOCs released into your neighborhood? Would you consider the COGCC mandate of 350 feet to be a safe setback distance? If you allow natural gas drilling in Longmont, would you be willing to move next to a drilling site to show the citizens it is safe? Would you allow your children or grandchildren to go to school next to a drilling site?
  2. Had you ever heard about the health effects that occur from exposure to fracking chemicals and volatile organic compounds produced from natural gas drilling before watching the video? COGA and COGCC claim this technology is safe, but let me assure you it isn’t. Here are some of the effects from exposure: Burning skin, nausea, headaches, sensitization, fatigue, dizziness, tingling in the extremities that can lead to permanent nerve damage, gastrointestinal problems, endocrine disorders, cancer, death. Dr. Colburn states that 43% of the ‘known’ chemicals disrupt the endocrine system (and, by the way, we aren’t privy to this information until April 2012 here in CO). Exposure during pregnancy can interfere with the development of the fetus, causing irreversible lifetime changes in their health and how they function later in life. Further, Dr. Colburn mentions that health issues may not show up until months and/or years after exposure that can never directly be traced to industrial exposure. So that means once the drillers are gone, and months later you get really sick, then you’re out of luck? Who pays the price for the industry’s folly? Why, the citizens of Longmont.
  3. Based on what you now know after viewing the DVD, are you willing to go to any lengths to protect the residents of Longmont according to the oath you signed when you came into office? That would mean you pass regulations that are far stricter than the COGCC rules.

Bringing this kind of industrial activity into the city is far too risky. I ask you to support an actual ban under our Home Rule provision, where our rights as citizens supersede those of the State of Colorado.